Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cub Clip

"Cub Swanson punches Frankie Edgar in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey."

There is a lot of excitement when documenting any style of human-to-human combat - and it's one of the most challenging sports to photograph.

When given the opportunity to be so close to something most have been brought up to avoid - fighting - it's a real adrenaline boost. Every punch, kick and choke in mixed martial arts feels like it  could end the fight.

That makes it a frustrating. One thinks any contact will be a great picture, and the reality is, it's a fundamental skill of timing the strike that makes the frame.

Every time I shoot any fight - be it boxing, UFC or even at a hockey game - I try to be extra patient. Take a lot of deep breaths and try to relax because I know I can easily overshoot every second of the fight.

This go round I was able to stay focused and calm and walk away with a few different yet classic images from a handful of UFC fights in Atlantic City.


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